Central is a place of harmonious contradictions. It’s the financial heart of Hong Kong by day and the city’s nightlife mecca by night. It has some of the swankiest skyscrapers as well as some of the oldest buildings in town, best explored on foot or by the venerable tram. Though located on Hong Kong Island, the farthest area from the airport, it is incredibly easy to get to.

Here are the best ways to travel from Hong Kong International Airport to Central.


Airport ExpressHK$86.00~25 minutesBook via Klook
Airport Bus + MTRHK$26.40~60 minutesView MTR Shuttle Information
Private transferFrom HK$128.00~20 minutesBook via Klook

Fastest and easiest: Airport Express

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Airport Station -> Hong Kong Station
~25 mins

Getting from Hong Kong Airport to Central is very straightforward. The most direct way is to take the Airport Express (teal line) to Hong Kong Station (24 minutes).

You can either exit Hong Kong Station to reach IFC Mall in Central. Or you can walk to Central Station (10 minutes) to access other parts of Central. Hong Kong Station and Central Station are located within one bigger station well connected by air-conditioned tunnels and escalators.

Cheapo Tip: Klook, a travel ticketing site, offers discounts on Airport Express journey tickets (originally HK$115.00 one way). A single-journey ticket to Hong Kong Station is HK$86.00 and a return ticket between Hong Kong Station and Airport Station is HK$148.00. After purchasing a ticket online or through the app, you will get a QR code. You can then swipe the code at the gate to enter and leave the station. You can also buy tickets at the airport.

Cheapest: Airport Bus + MTR

Airport to Tung Chung Station -> Hong Kong Station
~60 mins

You can take one of the S buses that runs between the airport and Tung Chung Station, the nearest MTR station to the airport excluding the stations on the Airport Express Line.

S1 is the most frequent bus (HK$3.50). Get off at Tung Chung Station and take the Tung Chung Line (orange line) towards Hong Kong Station.

The fare of the journey is HK$26.00 but is slightly cheaper (HK$22.90) if you use your Octopus.

Cheapo Tip: Use the Trip Planner on the MTR website or through the app.

Convenient but pricey: Private transfer

Airport -> your destination
~20 mins
From HK$128.00

If you don’t want to navigate public transport, there’s no option more convenient than a private transfer from the airport.

Travel website Klook offers a wide variety of vehicles depending on your group size. These options include free waiting time, room for luggage, and free cancellation up to 24 hours before the pickup time. Simply select your vehicle, fill in your pickup and flight information, and make the payment. You’ll receive information on your vehicle and driver after your booking is confirmed.


An Octopus card is essential to navigating Hong Kong with ease, and to shave a few bucks off every trip. Read our guide for more info.

Daunted by the idea of toting your bags all that way? Klook & Luggagent can transfer your luggage from the airport to your accommodation, and vice versa.

Trying to get from the airport to somewhere else in Hong Kong? Check one of our guides below.

This article was first published in September 2019. Last updated in April 2023.

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